I’m getting divorced or separating from my partner and my visa is based on my relationship
How do I update the Home Office?
If you are living in the UK as a dependant on your partner’s visa, or as a spouse or partner on a family visa, your visa status could be impacted if you separate or divorce. Your visa may also be based on your relationship if you have a family permit.
If you are separating or divorcing, you and your partner will need to notify the Home Office; if you fail to do so, this may affect your immigration record and any visa applications you make in the future.
Whom do I contact?
You will need to notify the Home Office. You should send an email to: RelationshipBreakdown@homeoffice.gov.uk
If you do not have access to email, you can post a letter to:
UK Visas and Immigration
Status Review Unit
New Hall Place
Liverpool, L3 9PP
Whether you notify the Home Office by email or by mail, you will need to sign and include the relevant form, depending on your circumstances.
The relevant form will be either a public statement or a consent form, depending on whether you consent for the Home Office to disclose certain details to your former partner. Gherson is able to assist you with notifying the Home Office if your relationship breaks down.
When do I contact the Home Office?
You should inform the Home Office as soon as your relationship has broken down. You should not wait until the expiry of your current visa. You will also want to obtain specialist advice with respect to how the divorce or separation will affect your immigration status.
What happens after I contact the Home Office?
Once you inform the Home Office of your separation or divorce, you may then be required to either leave the UK or apply for permission to stay in the UK in a different immigration category.
If you wish to stay in the UK, it is worth getting help from a specialist immigration adviser who can advise you on your individual circumstances and help you understand the potential routes that may be an option for you.
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